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Escape the Irish summer with these 5 secret great value Greek hideaways

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Escape the Irish summer with these 5 secret great value Greek hideaways

We all know how fickle an Irish summer can be. You’ve waited all year for the sun to come out and then… those two sunny weeks in April?

That’s it. Summer’s already over, did you miss it?. That’s why you should think about Greece at this time of year. So here are five secret summer hideaways for guaranteed summer sun.

Greece is paradise at this time of year. Spend the day soaking up the sun on the white sandy beaches, cool down with a dip in the warm, crystal clear waters on the myriad of windswept islands in the Aegean Sea. Then hop on the scooter, shower and out for dinner on the local Greek cuisine, the gyros, moussaka, stuffed vine leaves and tzatziki are so much a part of the Greek experience.

If you’re feeling nervous about the Irish summer this year, and let’s face it, the signs aren’t great, why not book yourself a great value Greek holiday in one of these 5 secret Greek getaways.

Glyfada, Athens Coast

If you want the experience the Greek capital with its majestic ancient ruins - the Parthenon, the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora, but you don’t want the heat, humidity, traffic and chaos of modern Athens then the perfect solution is Glyfada on the Athens coast. Just a short 10 minutes from the metropolis, it is a world apart with beautiful beaches along the sheltered Saronic Gulf stretching from the southern suburbs of Athens to the southernmost point of Attica, Cape Sounion. Glyfada is known as the most chic and elegant part of Athens, the centre of local nightlife and full of up market hotels and boutiques.

Perama, Corfu

Escape from reality in this resort just 10 minutes south of Corfu town. With miles of craggy coastline where tepid water laps the shore under the shadow of Mediterranean Pines here you’ll find a little piece of paradise away from the driving rain and wind of an Irish summer. So quiet there isn’t really a town centre, just a peppering of local shops. The only people you’ll encounter here are the odd family or couple in the know intent on having as quiet and relaxing time as possible.

Georgioupolis, Crete

About halfway between Chania and Rethymnon on Crete's northwest coast you’ll find the Georgioupolis resort town which has the very best of Crete in one place. The small hamlet bustles in the summer months serving the golden sandy beaches. At night the town comes alive with cafes, bars and tavernas serving up local fare. Steeped in ancient history yet offering modern attractions for night owls and partiers. However, things never get out of hand at Georgioupolis and it is the perfect location to relax either as a couple or as a family. Day trips to Chania and Rethymnon are wonderful excursions steeped in ancient history, and reached by boat that will stop for a dip in the clear Mediterranean on the way back.

Zante (Zakynthos), Argassi

Argassi, on the ever popular island of Zakynthos offers something for everyone. Just three miles from the party town of Zante, it is a world apart with the sandy beaches and family friendly resort. Whether you want to dance the night away, or lounge under the stars after a meal in a local taverna, you’ll find everything you’re looking for at Argassi. Visits to Shipwreck beach (the most famous beach in all of Greece), the exotic Blue Caves or a glass-bottomed boat trip to see the endangered Loggerhead turtles are unforgettable experiences.

Gouvia, Corfu

Gouvia on the island of Corfu offers a holiday experience that is authentic and brimming with local Greek tradition and flavour. Imagine how escaping to Greece decades ago must have felt like and you’ll find something like it here. The coves of the sheltered coast hide sleepy shingled beaches along the clear blue water of the Mediterranean. While away endless sunny days at these secluded havens, take a Vespa into Corfu for the nightlife or some nocturnal adventures, you won’t regret it.

If you’re yearning for Greece and you can’t wait to dip your toes in the ocean? Bring a bit of Greece into your home with Lidl’s special summer range of Greek specialities, Moussaka, Rice Stuffed Vine Leaves, Greek Olive Oils, Tzatziki Salad, Tzatziki Dip and more go on sale in stores nationwide from Monday 11th May (while stocks last!).